Eman Al Nafjan comments on the case in her blog:
Where else in the world can a man openly say that he is in a polygamous marriage with four underage girls and not get arrested? At this rate we might as well start a tourism industry to attract rich Muslim pedophiles.
Well, yes indeed, and the industry, which really already exists in one way or another, would get the backing of Saudi judges and religious clerics. In April of last year, after all, a Saudi judge refused to grant a divorce to an eight-year-old girl who had been forced into marriage by her father with a 47-year-old man as part of a loan repayment agreement. In August, a 10-year-old “bride” ran away from her 80-year-old husband, seeking safety at her aunt’s house. After several days, she was forcibly returned to her rapist by her father.
Saudi religious leaders obviously come to the vehement defense of these child “marriages.” How could they not, when they have the conduct of their own prophet to serve as a shining example? Indeed, the founder of Islam married Aisha when she was six and “consummated the marriage” with her when she was nine (Bukhari 7.62.88).
But, alas, perhaps I have gone too far. These aren’t really politically correct things to talk about or to condemn in our society. In our mainstream culture, in which the boundaries of discourse are set by the liberal-left, it’s legitimate to endlessly deride and dehumanize Sarah Palin with sinister insults founded on misogynist hate, but to utter even the slightest criticism of Islamic gender apartheid — and its mass crimes against humanity — is really going overboard. Who are we, after all, as my leftist feminist colleagues explained to me for over a decade in academia, to judge other cultures and see them through the eyes of the Western cultural lens? Surely there is no universal standard to judge anyone on anything. Cultural relativism is the way to go. Well, except, that is, when it comes to judging Western civilization in general and American society in particular. That’s when cultural relativism really needs to go out the window.
So don’t be looking for any particularly harsh judgments, let alone even a mentioning, in our liberal-left media about 80-year-old Saudi men raping 12-year-old girls. But do look for lots of insults to be directed at me from leftists who will be more indignant about this article than about the horrific reality it describes — and because I wish to have something done about it (i.e., rescue and protect real suffering innocent little girls). For the left, acknowledging the vicious nature of Islamic misogyny — and coming to the defense of its victims — is unthinkable, since it leads to a recognition of the pernicious nature of adversarial cultures and religions. This, in turn, by necessity leads to an acknowledgement of the superiority of Western civilization and, therefore, most horrifyingly of all, of the legitimacy of defending it. For the left, this is simply anathema.
The Nation magazine, therefore, with its writers like Naomi Klein, who dreams of Muqtada al-Sadr’s killing fields coming to New York, is not the place to search for a condemnation of the rape of underage girls in Saudi Arabia — and of the Islamic theology that institutionalizes and sanctions it. The left’s long tradition is to sacrifice human lives on the altar of its utopian ideas, and so suffering Saudi women and the rest of the millions of Muslim women who are brutalized under Islamic gender apartheid must, tragically, be a part of that heartless and hypocritical progressive ritual of hate.